Monday, March 28, 2011

Punch Potpourri

Today I reached for a set that I haven't used in ages! It's a hostess set called Punch Potpourri. It's got 4 beautiful images that coordinate with some of our most popular punches. I love how easy Stampin' Up! makes it to create beautiful projects. Coordinating stamps and punches is just another example of how our products are designed to work together.

Here are the images in this set:

The punches that coordinate are the XL Bird Punch, Full Heart Punch, Butterfly Punch and the Flower Trio Punch.

I used the heart punch today, as I was inspired by a beautiful card that I saw by fellow demonstrator Kimberly Taylor (hi Kimberly!).

I changed the colors and used some different embellishments. Here is what I came up with:

The card base is Crumb Cake and the layer is Baja Breeze. I embossed the Baja Breeze using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder - but I used my brayer with White Craft Ink on the embossing folder before I ran it through the Big Shot. It gives it a wonderful antique finish.
The border was made with the scallop edge punch, and sponged with Soft Suede Ink.
The greeting is from the Something to Celebrate Hostess set in the Occassions Mini Catalog.
I used a piece of Victoria Lace Ribbon and gathered it up for a little added dimension.
The button is from the Neautrals collection, and threaded with a piece of Linen thread.

The Heart was first stamped in Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad, then I went over the flowers using Soft Suede and Baja Breeze Markers. To finish it off I sponged the edges with Soft Suede, and attached it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is one of the cards we will be making at my upcoming Stamp Camp on April 3rd. I still have space left, so drop me a note if you would like to join us! You can check out my calendar of events by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go stamp something! :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Just Spring!

I have faith that one day, it WILL be warm again. It's just taking an awfully long time. Sheesh! One step forward, 2 steps back.

So while I am waiting for Spring to arrive, I am playing with some floral type sets and using lots of pinks and spring colors.

Here is a simple, but pretty card that I made using the Just Believe stamp set.

The card base is Melon Mambo, with a touch of Pretty in Pink. I colored the stamp with my Old Olive and Melon Mambo markers, and misted it with a water bottle. Then stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I did a little splatter of ink using the color spritzer tool. Then added some ribbon and a button. Easy and so cute!

I also decided to use a few pretty in pink butterflies. I die cut those out using the Beautiful Wings emboslit. I sponged the edge lightly with Melon Mambo, and added them to the card with a mini glue dot.

Make sure to check out my calendar, as I have listed some spring dates for camps and classes. I hope you can come stamp with me soon!

Have a great weekend, all!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fun Flowers are Fabulous!

The Occassions Mini Catalog is loaded with so many amazing products. I feel like I hardly have time to use them ALL. But one of my favorite is the FUN FLOWERS die for the Big Shot.
Oh my GOSH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these flowers.

This die cuts out 3 flowers at the same time. They are all different sizes and shapes - perfect to use individually or layered together, as I did on this card.

I embossed the largest flower with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, the sponged it with Soft Suede ink. The medium flower was stamped with the En Francois Background Stamp, and again sponged. I used our AMAZING Shimmer Paint in Champagne on the smallest flower. It adds such pretty shimmer to the product! Gorgeous!
I finished it off with a ruffled piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon and a Vintage Brad.
The background is embossed with the Tulip Frame Embossing Folder.

Another fun thing to try is using different papers for the flower layers...cardstock on one, designer paper, and maybe even tissue paper or fabric on the others. Layering different material together will add such amazing texture to your projects.

We are off to New Hampshire this weekend to visit with Ed's family. The kids are excited to see their Aunt and Uncle. And Bella will be off having a rumpus with her puppy friends. :)

I am working on my April calendar, as I didn't really have anything this month. I apologize...many of you have asked about it! I was just super busy with the Stampin' Up! Regional and prepping for my presentation (it went really well and I had a lot of fun!).

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yes, I am still alive!

Hello Stampers!

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I've updated my blog! WOW! I am so sorry!
Now that I work outside the home, it's harder to find the time to get it all done.

Plus, I have some exciting news! I got a call from Stampin' Up! A few weeks ago and they asked me to be a presenter at the Regional Seminar in Hartford on March 19th! WOW. I was so honored that they asked me! So I have been held up in the stamp room working on projects to present. I can't believe it's coming up next Saturday! No pressure, just a few hundred demonstrators I have to present to. (My stomach just did a flip!) LOL.

I will be sure to share my projects when the presentation is over. My demonstration is scrapbooking related and I am having such fun creating samples. :)

Most of my downline will also be at the seminar, so I am hoping to have one of them video tape it for me. If it doesn't completely suck I may post it for you to see. LOL.

Wish me luck!

Now for a little stamped inspiration! This card is awesome, and really, there is not a lot of stamping on it! Most of the amazing elements come from the Big Shot!

The card base is Very Vanilla sponged with Soft Suede. The Marina Mist layer was run through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. The flowers (which I am so in love with) uses the new FUN FLOWERS die in the Occasions Mini Catalog. That die is AMAZING.
Cuts out 3 flowers all at the same time. I just sponged them, layered them together and added a button to the center with a glue dot. Easy and beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy the weekend!